Platform Testing Feature That Marks Some Accounts As 'Sensitive'

Twitter is yet to specify when the feature can be expected to be officially rolled out to users. When you click on one of these profiles from a link on Twitter, or if you visit the profile's web page directly, you won't be immediately shown the users' tweets.

Caution: This profile may include potentially sensitive content.

Twitter tells us the new feature works similarly to how other sensitive content on Twitter gets flagged, based on users' settings.

You're seeing this warning because they tweet potentially sensitive images or language. Now, the platform is quietly testing a system that flags "sensitive" accounts, Mashable found.

Twitter's efforts to combat trolling and offensive content may soon be expanded to cover entire accounts. Both Mashableand Gizmodocollected tweets from users who were unaware their profiles were displaying this warning until other Twitter users pointed it out. In this case, if the tweet is determined to be potentially sensitive, Twitter will label the content appropriately - or remove it, if it's a live video.

Even after demarcating certain profiles with the caution warning, Twitter is keeping the option open to users by giving them the leverage to flag an account or tweet under the sensitive category.

For repeat violations, Twitter may permanently adjust that setting on your behalf, it says. And while users have always been able to request specific media be marked as sensitive in Twitter's safety settings, account-level warnings like this are unusual.

A Twitter spokesman assured users that this is not a permanent feature that has been incorporated in the platform.

None of my followers had reported such warnings as at the time of writing this, but it appears Twitter is only gradually rolling out the feature or still testing it to see how far it would go.

Warren's account was, however, still accessible, but not until users had clicked that they agreed to the "consequences" such action could lead to.

In recent days, Twitter has taken a number of steps to address the issues of safety and abuse on its network.

  • Arturo Norris